Oxidative stress has been implicated in the propagation of acute liver injury. The aim of our study was to investigate whether gene transfer of α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH), a potent anti-inflammatory peptide, could prevent fulminant hepatic failure in mice. Acute liver damage was induced by intraperitoneal administration of thioacetamide. Hydrodynamics-based gene transfection with α-MSH expression plasmid via rapid tail vein injection was initiated 1 day prior to intoxication. The mortality in the α-MSH-treated mice was significantly lower compared to the vehicle group 3 days after injury. Liver histology significantly improved and TUNEL-positive hepatocytes decreased in the treated mice. The degradation of IκBα, endogenous inhibitor of nuclear factor κB, and upregulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase and tumor necrosis factor-α mRNA levels were prevented in the α-MSH-treated group, indicating decreased oxidative stress and inflammation. These results suggest α-MSH gene therapy might protect against acute hepatic necroinflammatory damage with further potential applications.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 10 Sep 2004|
- Fulminant hepatitis
- Gene delivery